Hagstrom of Benson jailed for fleeing a peace officer

Douglas Lee Hagstrom, 55, Benson, has been charged with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On April 26, a trooper from the Minnesota State Patrol was sent to a Swanville business due to reports of a disorderly male. While en route, dispatch reported the man had left Swanville in a green Chevrolet pickup.

The trooper attempted to located the suspect vehicle on Morrison Line Road. When he did, he activated his lights, but the vehicle allegedly kept moving. He then activated his siren, but the vehicle increased its speed to approximately 80 miles per hour.

The trooper notified dispatch he was initiating a pursuit. When the suspect vehicle came to a curve in the road, still traveling at 80 miles per hour, it lost control, flipped over onto its side, then back onto its wheels in a field.

The driver, identified as Hagstrom, was helped out of the vehicle. He had minor cuts and bruises and the trooper alleged he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, along with bloodshot, watery eyes.

When asked by the trooper to perform a portable breath test, Hagstrom allegedly would not cooperate.

Hagstrom was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls where he agreed to give a blood test. He was then transported to jail for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

If convicted, Hagstrom faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.